This project situates a large complex of student housing combined with facilities near the entrance of the Erasmus University. Shape and position of the volume are based on the idea of an articulated slab, appearing from behind a row of trees to evolve into an icon marking the university along one of Rotterdam’s main access roads. The building and its environment have been treated as a fully integrated design. On the lower levels, workspaces and public facilities can be found, connected seamlessly with the surrounding infrastructure and public spaces. The articulation of the slab is the result of a system in which a technical and structural backbone serves as a rack to which volumes in various depths are attached. Featuring a 7.50 grid they are able to absorb a series of functions and housing types, hence offering flexibility that, along with advanced technical installations, creates a building that is both iconic and sustainable.
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